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Liverpool close in on Southampton striker Lambert

Rickie Lambert Credit: PA Images

Liverpool are closing in on a deal for England and Southampton striker Rickie Lambert, according to reports.

A figure of £4million plus add-ons is the anticipated fee, with BBC Sport saying Lambert could complete a medical on Saturday ahead of England's trip to Miami the following day.

A similar bid from West Ham for the 32-year-old was rejected in January but Lambert is believed to be keen on a move to Liverpool, where he spent five years as a youth player before being released.

The former Bristol Rovers, Stockport and Rochdale forward scored 14 goals in 39 games for Saints last season.Liverpool were unavailable for comment when contacted by Press Association Sport on Thursday night.

Premier League payments to clubs for 2013/14

  • Liverpool £97,544,336
  • Manchester City £96,578,329
  • Chelsea £94,106,163
  • Arsenal £92,870,080
  • Tottenham £89,663,884
  • Manchester United £89,161,831
  • Everton £85,027,727
  • Newcastle £77,379,252
  • Southampton £76,915,298
  • Stoke £75,679,215
  • Swansea £74,173,056
  • West Ham £73,671,003
  • Crystal Palace £73,207,049
  • Aston Villa £72,666,897
  • Sunderland £71,700,890
  • Hull £67,026,634
  • West Brom £65,790,551
  • Norwich £64,554,468
  • Fulham £63,318,385
  • Cardiff £62,082,302
  • Total £1,563,117,350

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Liverpool top Manchester City in Premier League prize fund

TV camera at Anfield. Credit: PA

Premier League champions Manchester City earned £96.5m in prize money from this season's campaign.

But second-placed Liverpool were the top earners with £97.5m because more of their games were screened live by broadcasters.

Manuel Pellegrini's men appeared in 25 games broadcast in the UK by either Sky Sports or BT Sport, compared to Liverpool's 28.

City's windfall was almost £36m more than Manchester United's earnings during their title-winning 2012/13 season.

The league's new £5.5 billion broadcast deal meant bottom-placed Cardiff received £62.08m in finishing 20th this season, compared to United's £60.8m for winning the 2012/13 title.

Manchester United will get £89m from the fund this year, followed by Everton with £87m.

The total fund for the league was £1.5 billion.

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